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Hemant K. Batra is a Strategist Business, Corporate, Commercial, and Policy Lawyer for nearly 3 decades. He is the elected vice-president of SAARCLAW and is associated with various projects of UN, UNDP, UNAIDS, UN-ESCAP, and ADB. He is chair of the South Asia Committee of Indian National Bar Association. He is a mentor at several prestigious schools of business and a lifetime member of the General Assembly of the Union of International Association, Brussels. He also holds prestigious positions in several international organizations of repute and has been a guest speaker at more than 150 international conferences, etc. He has written and lectured widely. He is a well-acclaimed writer with 5 books to his credit. He was awarded the prestigious Mahatma Gandhi Seva Medal by the Gandhi Global Foundation.

Diligence means carefulness or thoroughness in relation to any task and activity. Due diligence is necessary for any commercial transaction that may involve an asset acquisition, equity or stock purchase, joint-venture, amalgamation, licensing, takeover or merger.  In fact, it may be critical before signing any contract or agreement.

The work has relevance for every corporate house, corporate law firm, business analysts, and the like.

The work consists of 6 chapters: 

Chapter 1: Understanding the Meaning of the Simple Dual or Combo Word named “Due Diligence”.

Chapter 2: Why Do Due Diligence?

Chapter 3: Who Needs Due Diligence?

Chapter 4: Findings of Due Diligence.

Chapter 5: Practicing Due Diligence.

Chapter 6: Due Diligence Review and Result Reporting

Even though this is a legal book, it is written in a style that is easy to understand for even a layman. … A must-read for any professional looking to be a part of India’s vibrant M&A industry.

Vivek Law, Senior Business Journalist;

Founder and Editor in Chief, The MoneyMile

… Numerous real-life examples helpfully illustrate many of the issues and pitfalls awaiting the unwary. A sample due diligence checklist provides a useful starting point.

Toby Greenbury, Director, Wilderness Capital Partners Limited;

Former Partner, D.J. Freeman;

Former Partner, Mishcon de Reya

The book is organised very systematically with the opening chapter devoting considerable time and space to arriving at a definition, understanding the meaning and importance of due diligence (Chapters 1 to 2), for whom and how to conduct a due diligence (Chapters 3 and 4), explaining the practical aspects of due diligence process (Chapter 5), reviewing the findings and reporting them in a structured manner, so that the user can make sense out of a detailed study (Chapter 6). …The book is replete with cases, judgments and stories that make it even more interesting.

K.R. Sekhar, Managing Director, Bayer Group Company

An outstanding handbook or operating manual for those engaging in due diligence relating to business or asset acquisitions. Highly recommended.

Fayez Al-Doasri, Senior Partner, Adel Abdulhadi; Al Oula Former Legal Adviser, Kuwait Fund for Economic Development

This primer edition “Due Diligence” by Mr Hemant Batra, Lawyer and Policy Expert, lucidly discusses the manifestation and path of due diligence from a legal and business perspective.

–Prof. (Dr) Ranbir Singh, Vice-Chancellor, NLU, Delhi;

Member, Board of Management,

International Association of Universities (IAU), Paris

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